Row over reclining seats on planes sparks intense debate

To recline or not to recline, that is the question for passengers on planes jetting off to foreign climes.

And the thorny issue has become a hot topic of debate after one man revealed how he was sworn at by a fellow traveller when objecting to her whacking her seat in reverse. We’ve all been there, you’re nice and comfy and enjoying the flight – apart from when the person behind starts kicking you in the back – when you see the seat jerking in front of you, which is then followed by a sudden downward move as it shoots towards you, knocking your drink off your tray.

You mumble something under your breath or suddenly feel the need to use their seat to massage your knees, to ‘make a point’, but this one chap on Reddit used his long legs as a preventative measure to stop the woman’s reclining motion in front… and she wasn’t happy.

The 6’5 man wrote: “The passenger directly in front of me tried to recline, but realised that my knees were preventing her from doing so.

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She turned around, gave me a dirty look, and attempted to recline again with more force. I was a little annoyed, but apologised and told her I could not move my legs out of the way without encroaching on the spaces beside me.

“She accused me of doing this on purpose just because I wanted more room for myself, calling me an a**hole and saying that if I could not fit into a normal economy plane seat that I should pay extra for an emergency exit seat so that people around me can have more free space.

“If I’m honest, I feel that people who recline their seats in economy are annoying and inconsiderate, so I didn’t exactly bend over backwards to accommodate for her.”

His comments have divided opinion, with many giving him the thumbs up, but there were also dissenters among the ranks, those who have to recline their seats for medical reasons.

One of those replied: “Some of us have medical issues (scoliosis in my case) that make it unbearable to sit fully upright for long spans of time.

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“It takes several days of pain for my back and neck to recover to their normal pain level after travelling and being unable to recline the seat.”

And another Reddit user had a similar viewpoint: “I NEED to recline in any flight that’s more than four hours or I won’t be able to walk straight for two days after the flight, there are some airlines I won’t take because the seats recline too little to avoid my back pain.”

But many supported the original man’s stance in that those who have to recline are, in their words, insufferable, reports Bristol Live.

One said: “As a frequent traveller on 14-hour flights and short enough that I can stretch my legs out in economy, I will say that people who recline are a*******.

“Someone almost snapped my laptop because it was on the tray table and I had to slam it shut before they reclined.

“I don’t know why you’d design them that way but honestly, but there’s never a time where reclining is more comfortable than the inconvenience they cause.”

One final post read: “Unpopular opinion, but reclining the seat full back is just rude these days. The lack of space between seats these days is appalling.”

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